Thursday, August 2, 2012

We're Living in Interesting Times

My dad was born the year that Brown vs. Board of Education desegregated schools.  (Well, of course, it took many years to really play out, but the historic Supreme Court decision took place in 1954).  The idea that schools, right here in the USA, were racially segregated the very year my dad was born . . . well, frankly, that's hard to wrap my brain around.

The other day, in my writing workshop, someone posed the question: "If you could go back to any other decade, which would it be?"  Honestly, I wouldn't want to go backwards at all.  I'm so glad I never lived in a time when women couldn't vote, when schools were segregated and people of color were relegated to far-away, academically-inferior, and often understaffed schools.  I mean, yes, this happens today to some extent, based on zoning and neighborhoods and access to education.  But you know what I mean.  


crazy that this was 1954, right? photo found here.

I think that one day, our grandchildren will be marveling that when their grandparents were young(ish), we were debating gay marriage.  That restaurant chains were giving upwards of 5 million dollars to organizations that work to keep gay marriage illegal.  I mean, regardless of your views, aren't there far more important places to give your money?  Is it more important to prevent gay people from getting married than to feed starving orphans?  I'm blown away by multi-million dollar effort to oppose gay marriage.  Because after all:

Source: tumblr.com via Claire on Pinterest

Right?

15 comments:

Meghan said...

I really love teaching my students about Brown and inequalities in education. It blows their mind.

That graphic = genius. :)

amyschmamey said...

I agree with the "what happens if gay people get married - gay people get married thing" I am not for or against gay marriage. Who gets married to who is really none of my business and has little effect on me. As far as this restaurant debacle... companies give their money to organizations I don't like all the time. The organizations that chick fil a support are not JUST about preventing gay marriage. They are conservative. So they promote conservative agendas. Just like liberals put their money toward liberal agendas wouldn't it make sense that conservative CEO's would put money toward Conservative organizations? I still go to many places and use and buy their product even if a little bit goes to a liberal cause. In the end its the voters that determine whether Sam sex marriage is made legal or not. People are very aware of the issue and no amount of money from chick fil a is going to prevent or help that. What is more under attack is our current freedoms of speech and religion. difference of political view, opinion, ideas is what makes us human. The civil public expression of that is what makes us American. Wow. I got a little long pubs, but that's my take on this whole mess.

amyschmamey said...

I agree with the "what happens if gay people get married - gay people get married thing" I am not for or against gay marriage. Who gets married to who is really none of my business and has little effect on me. As far as this restaurant debacle... companies give their money to organizations I don't like all the time. The organizations that chick fil a support are not JUST about preventing gay marriage. They are conservative. So they promote conservative agendas. Just like liberals put their money toward liberal agendas wouldn't it make sense that conservative CEO's would put money toward Conservative organizations? I still go to many places and use and buy their product even if a little bit goes to a liberal cause. In the end its the voters that determine whether Sam sex marriage is made legal or not. People are very aware of the issue and no amount of money from chick fil a is going to prevent or help that. What is more under attack is our current freedoms of speech and religion. difference of political view, opinion, ideas is what makes us human. The civil public expression of that is what makes us American. Wow. I got a little long pubs, but that's my take on this whole mess.

Alicia Marie said...

Love is love to me, and I don't think wasting all that money to stop it is so smart...because afterall what could it hurt if more people could get married? NOTHING!

Happiness Is... said...

I agree that I don't want to go to the past where bad things happened, but at the same time, I do think it'd be pretty neat to see a working Southern plantation - NOT because of what happened there but because of the history of our great nation/state. I think it's hard to look forward and grow if we don't understand the past, too, and it's hard to understand the past without having lived it.

As for the pie chart, I agree.

As for the donation thing ... I guess to me this is just a personal thing. I went to UVA and we give money there. It was founded by Thomas Jefferson who I think is one of our nation's great scholars. Brilliant, brilliant man. People don't protest UVA because he had slaves, you know? I guess my point is that institutions stand for so much more than just ONE issue, and the thing I love about our country is that we can all Facebook, blog, write, talk about all this without being persecuted. The real travesty is that in some countries your blog post alone could get you in trouble ... now THAT to me is the real craziness. We don't all have to agree, but I think we can all agree that freedom of speech is a pretty damn good thing.

In that regard, we're all free to say/believe what we want. So I try not to worry as much about how other people spend their money - I may choose different causes, but it's their money, their business. You know? I spend mind, they spend theirs. Better than if the government is telling us all how to spend it. That would be way worse, imo.

Christina said...

AMEN!

Side note: my dad is from Illinois and was bussed to a “black school” in elementary. Crazy huh?

Kim @ wanderlustee.com said...

preach!! i will just literally never understand the issue here. there's a lot of political items i don't agree with but i understand that people have different view points...but with gay marriage, i cannot get it. if you don't agree with gay marriage..don't marry a gay person. bottom line! ugh!

Lindsey said...

Absolutely love that graphic at the end. SO TRUE. I want to steal it and put it on Facebook, but I'm scared to think of all the ignorant comments that will result. It is better that I refrain from doing so.

A wise scholar once said, "I can't believe we are still talking about gay marriage." That, my friend, is my exact sentiment.

Loved this post! GLAAD has organized a kiss-in tomorrow for same sex couples. I can only hope an "It's Raining Men" flash mob breaks out at at least one location. And I hope even more a news crew is there to capture and broadcast it to the world! I mean, seriously. Who do we need to talk to about making this happen??

Nat said...

Best pie chart ever! I agree completely because I'm not sure why people care about it so much, how does it personally affect you?!!? I'm pretty sure divorce ruins the sanctity of marriage before gay marriage ever would!

Andiepants said...

Love the pie chart!
I could only imagine the craziness that could occur if all organizations/businesses openly discussed who they gave their moneys to.

Andie
Love is all you need

Katie Price said...

That pie-chart is awesome. You are totally right that our kids will someday look back and shake their heads that it took our generation so long to "get it."

Thanks for being brave & posting this today! It's definitely a hot topic for a mixed crowd. I'm 100% with you!

Ocean Dreams said...

We certainly are living in unique times and things are changing for the better and sometimes not so good too!

Kristen said...

Amen, amen, amen, amen!!!
I want to believe the same thing. When Quinn is in high school, I want her to scratch her head and wonder what it could possibly even be like to live in a world where we thought it was okay to decide that only certain "kinds" of people could get married.
I wrote a paper on this topic in law school and it was the most interesting research I did. My bottom line was pretty much there is no legal basis for denying gay people the right to marry... so why do our courts keep taking it on like its a justiciable issue? I could talk about this topic all day long... just dear to my heart.

drollgirl said...

you are totally right. so many people are so insane!!!!!!!

melifaif said...

AMEN, sister. I am standing with you...